If you’re planning a trip to Scotland in the near future, take time out of your busy schedule to visit Social Bite. The cafe and charity has been training and hiring the homeless to work in their 6 locations across Edinburgh. In addition to donating 100 percent of its proceeds to charity, the restaurant provided over 100,000 items of free food to the homeless last year. Now, the cafe is in the process of constructing a tiny home eco-village to house its rough-sleeping employees.
The village will open to tenants next month. The 11 portable, eco-friendly abodes will host up to 20 homeless people for 12 to 16 months. As GoodNewsNetwork reports, tenants will be given essential training, education, job resources, and support as they transition to permanent housing. After the previous tenants move on, another 20 residents will move in for their own transition.
“Something special has been created,” said Angela Constance, the Scottish communities minister at the village’s launch on Thursday. “Not just building houses, but building homes, building community – a community that will provide support and enable folk to rebuild their lives.”
According to This Is Place, the only condition for admission is that residents must not have any ongoing substance abuse or addiction at the time of their application. Said Euan Aitken, chief executive of Cyrenians, the nonprofit that has been assessing village housing applications in partnership with Social Bite: “The mark of any society is how you look after those who are most excluded. This village says an extraordinary thing about how we all want the world to be.”
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